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  • [Question] Does Splash Mountain have less splash during cooler weather?

    My husband and I will be in DL in January when I'm running the Tinkerbell Half Marathon and his favorite ride is Splash Mountain. We've only been to Disneyland during the late spring/summer and he was concerned that riding Splash Mountain wouldn't be enjoyable because getting that wet would be terrible when it's in the 60's and colder.

    Then I got to thinking....does Disney have a way of making less splash on Splash when it's colder?

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    Re: Does Splash Mountain have less splash during cooler weather?

    I don't think so, I think during cooler weather the ride is a great short wait for those who don't mind at all being cold

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      We love riding it last at night during the colder months and making a bee line for the hotel to shower and get cozy in bed.
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      • #4
        Re: Does Splash Mountain have less splash during cooler weather?

        Just don't sit in the very front, you'll/he'll be fine

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          Re: Does Splash Mountain have less splash during cooler weather?

          I base it on the basics of physics the more weight the bigger the splash. This is my favorite ride I have rode it atleast 500 times and that's less than the real number. I have found me and (32 years old 195 lbs) with maybe 2 other adults and 3 kids , you won't get wet. All adults you will get wet every time. Basically more weight the wetter you get! That is the only way the splash is controlled since you get the splash from the uncontroled fall
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          • #6
            Re: Does Splash Mountain have less splash during cooler weather?

            I have seen this question asked several times on multiple boards. The responses always say that there is no way for DL to limit the amount of "splash" you get on this ride.

            The advice is to try to ensure that the heaviest people sit to the back of the log. If the center of gravity is to the front, then that part of the log will "push" harder into the water after the big drop and it will cause a bigger wave to come over the front of the log.

            They also sell plastic ponchos in the stores in Critter Country that you can purchase if you are concerned about getting wet. Also, make sure that you keep your feet on the lip that runs around the inside of the log. This will keep your shoes out of the puddle that forms in the bottom.
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            • #7
              Re: Does Splash Mountain have less splash during cooler weather?

              I don't think so, but take my advice. Do NOT sit in the front of Splash Mountain on a January night with temperatures in the 50s just before watching World of Color in the wet zone. It was probably the coldest I had ever felt in my life . I know that Grizzly River Run gets toned down in the winter, but I don't think Splash Mountain does.

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                Re: Does Splash Mountain have less splash during cooler weather?

                I would just suggest wearing a poncho. You may look silly, but it's better than being miserable and cold the rest of the night! That's what I plan on doing in October. Also, I plan on prepurchasing ponchos at Bi-Mart for 50 cents, rather than $10+ at the parks!

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                  Re: Does Splash Mountain have less splash during cooler weather?

                  i dont think it has less water or less splash, i get soaked rain or shine, summer or winter
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                    Re: Does Splash Mountain have less splash during cooler weather?

                    Make sure to sit in the last two seats. Those tend to be the dryest ones.

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                      Re: Does Splash Mountain have less splash during cooler weather?

                      Originally posted by Princess Victoria View Post
                      Make sure to sit in the last two seats. Those tend to be the dryest ones.
                      not on the last drop lol the back gets a slight "spill" on the left
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                      • #12
                        Re: Does Splash Mountain have less splash during cooler weather?

                        At night sometimes they don't fill the logs, and if that's the case you won't get as wet. As others have said, less weight = less splashdown impact.

                        There was one time when my friend and I had our own log--they had us sit in the middle--and we didn't really get soaked at all. We went around twice without stopping, since there wasn't anyone waiting to board, and got much less wet overall in two rides than we ever had on *one* trip before.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Does Splash Mountain have less splash during cooler weather?

                          Yeah, I dont know how it works but we definitely used to get much more wet years ago. My husband and I sat in the last two seats and he's a big man and I aint no "little gal" either and we got minimally wet.

                          But it never fails on GRR....my son and I always look like they dumped buckets on us.

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                            Re: Does Splash Mountain have less splash during cooler weather?

                            Originally posted by QueenBee View Post
                            We love riding it last at night during the colder months and making a bee line for the hotel to shower and get cozy in bed.
                            Oh that's just the best feeling ever



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                              Re: Does Splash Mountain have less splash during cooler weather?

                              Ah yes, the great "can they control the splash" debate. Most say no, but Disney has a patent on a system they use for Splash Mountain that makes water more or less dense. It is used to control the splash down at the bottom of the big drop. But I don't think they can just "flip a switch" or anything like that to change the amount of splash.

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                                Re: Does Splash Mountain have less splash during cooler weather?

                                Originally posted by PirateLover View Post
                                Ah yes, the great "can they control the splash" debate. Most say no, but Disney has a patent on a system they use for Splash Mountain that makes water more or less dense. It is used to control the splash down at the bottom of the big drop. But I don't think they can just "flip a switch" or anything like that to change the amount of splash.
                                Yes, they do control the water density (the patent is public information, quite fascinating if you read it) but the splash itself also depends on the riders and placement.

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                                  Re: Does Splash Mountain have less splash during cooler weather?

                                  Like on GRR, some of the things that spray or drip on you can be turned off when it's cold out.
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                                    Re: Does Splash Mountain have less splash during cooler weather?

                                    Originally posted by swampymarsh View Post
                                    Like on GRR, some of the things that spray or drip on you can be turned off when it's cold out.
                                    So THAT'S why the lift hill was so boring last night! I didn't realize that they were or could be intentionally turned off. :P

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                                      Re: Does Splash Mountain have less splash during cooler weather?

                                      My Gosh! I googled something like "disney + patent on water density" and found the interesting patent write up that ShelbyH mentioned. By injecting air into the water at the bottom of Splash, they could make the slow down softer and thus make the drop higher and faster than non-air-injected flume rides. Very cool!


                                      Patent Abstract: The present invention provides a water slide which includes a device for reducing the impact felt by riders or users when they contact the slower-moving water at the bottom of an incline. Such slower moving water can be particularly injurious to a user who is traveling at relatively high speed (e.g., down a particularly long or steep slope). The device for reducing impact is a section of slide of predetermined length which includes air injection nozzles for reducing the apparent density and viscosity and increasing compressibility of the water to enable the user to slow down more gradually by transitioning from reduced density water to normal density water.

                                      Last edited by sailor310; 07-30-2012, 12:56 AM. Reason: format
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                                      • #20
                                        Re: Does Splash Mountain have less splash during cooler weather?

                                        We asked a cast member one time before riding and he said the ride is the same all year (referring to getting wet).

                                        That was back in 2010 I believe, could be different now.

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